Las Meninas project: The Triumph of Fortitude

Las Meninas project: The Triumph of Fortitude

With our group Summer projects looming over our heads, Dom, Rebecca and I decided to visit Liverpool, particularly the Tate and the Walker Art Galleries to find our subject. Whilst we visited both galleries, we decided upon a piece from the Walker called “The Triumph of Fortitude”, which is a large Tapestry, sized at 4×5 metres created around 1525 in Brussels.

We chose the piece based on the tremendous amount of meaning and symbolic rhetoric. The piece is one of seven Tapestries (the others being: Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Faith, Hope & Charity), each acting as a moral guide for those wealthy enough to own a set. The Latin scroll at the top of the Tapestry reads: “Valour matches intrepid hearts against adverse perils. Likewise, salvation accepted from death pleases”. Each character shown represents a story of bravery and fortitude from both Biblical and Classical themes.

I look forward to reworking this piece in my own way and will be sure share my sketchbook progress and research along the way.
A close up of a section of the Tapestry:

(images taken by myself at the Walker Gallery)